Healthy Chocolate Black Bean Brownies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Posted by Sarah Papachristos on Sunday, May 12, 2013

In Gluten Free, Dessert, Dairy Free

Gluten free brownies have always seemed like an unattainable treat for me. Ever since I went gluten free, I have avoided baking cakes, cookies and brownies. Figuring out the perfect gluten free flour combination in order for the dessert to actually taste good always had an intimidation factor that kept me at bay.

Healthy black bean brownies

As I was perusing the recipe filled pages of Pinterest, I stumbled upon these black bean and avocado brownies. Say what?!


Ambitious Kitchen, a brilliant food blogger, actually made brownies with black beans, avocado and olive oil. I couldn't help but become giddy over the thought of making a batch of gluten free brownies. 
Chocolate chip black bean brownies

My only concern about a healthy, black bean brownie was the taste. Are these going to taste like blended beans or like fudgy chocolate brownies?

To my surprise, these black bean brownies were moist, fudgy and loaded with that sweet chocolate flavor I had been craving! 

How to make black bean brownies

Ambitious Kitchen gave several suggestions on how to jazz up these black bean brownies. You could add walnuts, peanut butter swirls, chocolate chips or any of your favorite toppings. I chose to add walnuts and dairy free chocolate chunks. 

These healthy black bean brownies were heavenly and a must try for anyone with a food allergy who is craving a tasty treat!
Chocolate Fudge Black Bean Brownies

Healthy Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

 Recipe by Ambitious Kitchen



1 (15 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 Large egg

2 Large egg whites

1/2 of a large, extra ripe avocado

1 tsp olive oil or canola oil

2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (Use high quality cocoa powder!)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/3 c. chocolate chips of choice, plus 2 tbsp for topping (I used dairy free chocolate chunks)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan.

Place all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a high powered blender or food processor. Process until a smooth batter is formed. If the mixture is too thick, add in a teaspoon or two of water.

Add in the 1/3 cup of chocolate chips and fold into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle the remaining 2 tbsp of chocolate chips on top (or other topping of choice!). 

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out mostly clean and the top of the brownies begin to crack. 

Let the brownies cool completely and cut into 12 bars. For more information on the nutrition breakdown of these black bean brownies, check out Ambitious Kitchen!



Post by Sarah Papachristos